After the Massage
- When muscles have severe damage, breakdown products are released into the bloodstream in a process
called " Rhabdomyolysis". In extreme cases, this can be life-threatening. In milder cases, one of
the main symptoms is muscle pain.
- I believe that when trigger points are formed (usually by some muscle damage), some of these same
breakdown products are trapped within the trigger point. These are the toxins that are released when
trigger points are released, and will produce mild muscle aches the day after a particularly effective
trigger point massage.
- If, however, a massage is too forceful, it can directly cause additional muscle damage, resulting
in additional rhabdomyolysis and creating much more pain than necessary after the massage.
- An important part of the effectiveness of "Painless Deep Tissue Massage" is releasing trigger points
without producing additional rhabdomyolysis.
- There also appears to be a normal process associated with aging - over time, as muscle tissue is remodeled,
a very mild form of rhabdomyolysis occurs, resulting in a buildup of toxins over years. The day after the
very first "Painless Deep Tissue Massage", even if there was no pain during the massage, clients will usually
experience a discomfort similar to the flu - overall achiness. This is much more significant after the first
massage. Subsequent massages will produce significantly less discomfort.
- This discomfort will pass in 1-2 days. Drinking more water than usual helps to flush the toxins.
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